The Rohingya: Humanitarian Crisis or Security Threat?

The Rohingya: Humanitarian Crisis or Security Threat?

This article is part of “Southeast Asia: Refugees in Crisis,” an ongoing series  by The Diplomat for summer and fall 2015 featuring exclusive articles from scholars and practitioners tackling Southeast Asia’s ongoing refugee crisis.All articles in the series can be found here.

To respond to the alarming rise of stranded persons in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, the Royal Thai Government organized the “Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean” on May 29, 2015 in Bangkok. The meeting was convened to address the continuing exodus of migrants and refugees from Myanmar. These refugees are mainly Rohingya, a Muslim minority group. They have been treated as “second-class” and”non citizens,” suffering from social discrimination, massive violent repression, human rights violations, and political exclusion. In addition to repressive policies by the central government, the Rohingya have also faced extremely anti-Muslim sentiments fanned partly by government-supported Buddhist fundamentalism in Myanmar.

The Southeast Asian and South Asian region has witnessed tremendous human movement – including hundreds of thousands refugees from Myanmar trying to enter neighboring countries illegally – especially Bangladesh. However, despite the increasingly dire humanitarian crisis, most of the potential host states are reluctant to accept more Rohingya refugees. One of the major reasons for this is an increasing trend in the region of viewing the Rohingya issue not solely as a humanitarian issue, but also a security and political one. As awareness has grown in both dimensions – humanitarian and security – there is a growing recognition among the international community of the need to do more than just ignoring the worsening situation of the Rohingya.

Historically, the Rohingya are predominantly Muslim and closely related to the Bengali people. Originally, many of them migrated from the Indian subcontinent towards the east into ‘Theravada Buddhist Myanmar,’ especially during the British colonial time. Relations between Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar started deteriorating during the country’s liberation struggle. Relatively soon after gaining independence, the new rulers in Myanmar identified the Rohingya as economic refugees, a move that would be significant to the socio-economic composition and political power structure of the country. A policy of repression soon followed, which treated the Rohingya as illegal migrants subject to eviction.

The severity of the Rohingya migration issue can be understood as a clear result of three intermingling factors.  First is the emergence of authoritarian (military) regimes in Myanmar. Second is the consequence of a cultural confrontation between different ethnic-religious communities in Myanmar. This conflict gained significance after the military rulers attempted to assimilate religious-ethnic minorities into the mainstream Burmese culture. A strategy of an enforced cultural unification, namely Burmanization, was used as a way of “National Reconsolidation.” Third is the initial ignorance and inaction from policymakers worldwide despite the fact that the Rohingya issue was increasingly having international implications.

Today, it would seem that awareness of the Rohingya and their illegal migration is finally rising within the international community. In part, however, this new attention to the Rohingya issue stems from the tendency to identify Rohingya refugees as a “non-traditional security threat.”

In particular, there is a growing conviction among analysts that the massive influx of the Rohingyas during the last decades is creating a multidimensional security crisis. As stateless refugees, they have become the face of security threats as well as various forms of psycho-social and human security challenges in Myanmar and in their new host countries across the region like Bangladesh.

Most Rohingya who have migrated to other countries live in extraordinarily deplorable conditions. Living in forms of involuntarily and illegal self-settlement, they have to deal regularly with security forces, the unease and resistance of local communities, and restricted access to food, drinking water, sufficient shelter, and clothing. Partly as a result of these circumstances, they are often more easily targeted by criminal networks, illegal businesses, and Islamic fundamentalist groups like the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), or Harkat-ulJihad-al Islami (Huji).

This in turn leads illegal Rohingya migrants – particularly those living in illegal camps or unregistered as refugees – to be perceived as the cause of conflict. The movement of Rohingya refugees begins to be viewed through the prism of the rising challenge of controlling Islamic terrorism and political Islam in the region.

At the heart of this view is the following worry: the Rohingya problem is contributing to and is partly responsible for the rise of international jihadist movements. In more operational terms, there is the claim that the Rohingya are helping to support Islamic fundamentalism by acting as a (passive) recruiting base for Islamic militant extremists and through direct support for religious fundamentalism.

It is claimed that some radicalized sections of the refugees actively maintain links with banned Islamist groupings like JMB or Huji. Some radicalized Rohingya are accused of not only sympathizing with their fundamentalist worldview but also actively providing resources for these Islamist outfits, for example, providing training on arms and explosives. Additionally, there is the accusation that the Rohingya are using their international network to allocate funds from like-minded international organizations for militant groups operating in their host countries, especially in Bangladesh.

Rohingya have also been held responsible for the undermining of the general law and order situation in their host societies. Besides terrorism, extremist violence, and religious extremism, the Rohingya crisis is also seen as being associated with all kinds of criminal activities including narcotics, human trafficking, illegal trade in SALW (small arms and light weapons) and ammunition, stealing, armed robbery, and maritime piracy. Other major concerns are smuggling and illegal cross-border infiltrations.

Additionally, Rohingya have increasingly linked with growing rates of crimes related to extortion, sexual harassment (including prostitution and sexual slavery), killings for organs, domestic servitude, and forced labor by criminal networks in their host countries.

However, there is the tendency among authorities of host countries to ignore the fact that the Rohingya are mostly the victims and not the perpetrators in these scenarios. Rather, it seems that the general tendency up to this point has been to focus on the refugee crisis as the causal factor for the increase in security concerns.

Rohingya have also been identified by some host governments and local communities as a negative disturbance to local economies, especially when they are settling in underdeveloped regions. Some fear that the Rohingya constitute an additional demographic pressure on the already densely populated area with scarce resources. Others claim that the (mostly illegal) penetration of the refugees in regional job markets leads to further socio-economic inequalities and reduces employment opportunities for the local workforce.

Still others suggest that security measures are needed because the refugee crisis is causing instability, leading to a real reduction in trade and commerce, especially in the Bangladesh-Myanmar relations. In this context, Rohingya are also blamed by state authorities for delays in enhancing regional connectivity (infrastructure) and hampering the working relationship between Dhaka and Naypyidaw.

With bilateral talks between Malaysia and Indonesia and the earlier mentioned Bangkok conference on “irregular migrations”

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on May 29, as well as other steps, the international approach to the Rohingya is finally moving from ignorance to action. But it would be naïve to think this trajectory is only due to the humanitarian crisis of the refugees. Rather, the negative impacts of illegal migration – particularly on the security side – have finally convinced the international community to act, even though this may be based on unfounded fears.

Given this, what is most important is to preserve the political will and to strengthen the decision-making procedures in order to work towards a coherent and comprehensive solution to the Rohingya problem. Attending to security concerns cannot be done at the expense of humanitarian needs.

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Now in Bangladesh, Rohingya describe rape, murder in Myanmar

Now in Bangladesh, Rohingya describe rape, murder in Myanmar

In this Dec. 2, 2016 photo, Mohsena Begum, a Rohingya who escaped to Bangladesh from Myanmar, holds her child and sits at the entrance of a room of an unregistered refugee camp in Teknaf, near Cox’s Bazar, a southern coastal district about, 296 kilometers (183 miles) south of Dhaka, Bangladesh. “They drove us out of our houses, men and women in separate lines, ordering us to keep our hands folded on the back of our heads,” says 20-year-old Mohsena Begum, her voice choking as she described what happened to the little village of Caira Fara, which had long been home to hundreds of members of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya community. In refugee camps in Bangladesh, survivors of a wave of violence that has swept Myanmar in recent weeks say government forces have targeted minority Rohingya villages, burning many to the ground, killing the innocent and raping women. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
By Julhas Alam
December 5, 2016
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — The Myanmar soldiers came in the morning, the young mother says. They set fire to the concrete-and-thatch homes, forcing the villagers to cluster together. When some of her neighbors tried to escape into the fields, they were shot. After that, she says, most people stopped running away.
“They drove us out of our houses, men and women in separate lines, ordering us to keep our hands folded on the back of our heads,” says 20-year-old Mohsena Begum, her voice choking as she described what happened to the little village of Caira Fara, which had long been home to hundreds of members of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya community. She said that when about 50 people had been gathered together, the soldiers, along with a group of local men, pulled four village leaders from the crowd and slit their throats.
Muslims in an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation, the Rohingya have long faced persecution in Myanmar, where most are denied citizenship. The latest outbreak of violence was triggered by October attacks on guard posts near the Bangladesh border that killed nine police officers. While the attackers’ identities and motives are unclear, the government launched a massive counter-insurgency sweep through Rohingya areas in western Rakhine state. Most Rohingya live in Rakhine, which borders Bangladesh.
The government, which has implied the attacks were carried out by Rohingya sympathizers, has acknowledged using helicopter gunships in support of ground troops in the sweep. While survivors and human rights groups have tracked waves of anti-Rohingya violence in recent weeks, the Myanmar government insists that stories like Begum’s are exaggerations.
Myanmar’s leader, the Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has accused the international community of stoking unrest.
“It doesn’t help if everybody is just concentrating on the negative side of the situation, in spite of the fact that there were attacks on police outposts,” she said in a recent interview on Singapore’s Channel News Asia.
Suu Kyi, whose party took power in March after decades of military-backed rule, has been accused of not acting strongly enough to curb the violence against the more than 1 million Rohingya believed to be in the country. Although many have lived in Rakhine for generations, they are widely seen as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
“It helps if people recognize the difficulty and are more focused on resolving these difficulties rather than exaggerating them, so that everything seems worse than it really is,” she said in the interview.
But Begum says she has no need to exaggerate what happened in Caira Fara.
She said that after the four leaders were killed, violence churned through the village in chaotic scenes of horror. Begum’s husband, a poor, illiterate farm laborer, was beaten and then murdered by having his throat slit, along with an unknown number of other villagers, she said. Their bodies were eventually driven away in a truck.
She said attackers knocked her young son knocked from her grasp, then raped her.
Finally, when the soldiers weren’t paying attention, she grabbed her son and ran into the nearby hills. After hiding for two days, her brother gave her enough money – about $38 – to pay smugglers to get her and her son into Bangladesh.
When Bangladeshi border guards stopped them, she began to weep.
“I told them I have no one to protect me there,” she says, and told them: “‘Look at my baby! He will die if I go back there.'” After that, they let her pass.
Much of Rakhine has been closed to outsiders, including journalists, since the violence began. However, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, leader of a commission formed to investigate the situation in Rakhine state, was allowed to visit in recent days. He is expected to hold a press conference Tuesday in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city.
Along the banks of the Naf River, which marks the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar, it’s not difficult to find people who can talk about what is happening.
Some 15,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh over past month, often brought in by smugglers, according to police and intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the government refuses to release numbers publicly. They have joined up to 500,000 undocumented Rohingya who have been living in Bangladesh after arriving from Myanmar in waves since the 1970s. Some 33,000 registered Rohingya refugees live the Cox’s Bazar district. Bangladesh does not welcome Rohingya – its maritime patrols sometimes turn back refugee boats full of them – but it is seen as a haven compared to Myanmar.
The U.N. says up 30,000 Rohingya Muslims have abandoned their homes amid the recent violence. Satellite images analyzed by the rights group Human Rights Watch show 1,250 structures destroyed in November in Rohingya villages.
Osman Gani, a thin, fast-talking Arabic teacher, fled after his village, Gouzo Bil, was attacked Nov. 11.
“They came and killed mercilessly. They burned our homes,” says Gani, standing near the Naf River over the weekend. “No one was there to save us.”
He hid with his family for about a week near the village. But when searches intensified, and with soldiers targeting men, he was forced to leave Myanmar without his family.
“I had no other choice but to leave them behind. I came to the bank of the river and started swimming,” he says. His family was able to join him in Bangladesh a few days later.
As he fled north, he used his mobile phone to film destruction in other Rohingya villages he passed through. In some, the blackened remains of what appear to be children can be seen amid the wreckage of homes. Gani’s voice can be heard in some of the videos but The Associated Press could not confirm their authenticity.
“I have shot videos!” he says, holding out his mobile phone to a reporter. “Don’t you see the charred bodies?”
While he was initially in hiding after the attack, Osmani said he also managed to slip back into his village and film what remained of his home.
As he walks through the village, a child can be heard talking to him.
“Where are you coming from?” the boy asks.
Gani doesn’t answer, instead asking, “Where’s my cow?”
Then he pans through the ashes and broken concrete. “This is my land, my home,” he says. “This is Puitta’s. This is Uncle Yunus.”
AP writer Tim Sullivan contributed to this report from New Delhi.

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Joint Press Release: Rohingya Thank Malaysia – Request to Promote UN Inquiry Next

Joint Press Release: Rohingya Thank Malaysia – Request to Promote UN Inquiry Next

Photo: Fazry Ismail/EPA
Joint Statement
5th December 2016
Rohingya Thank Malaysia – Request to Promote UN Inquiry Next
On behalf of Rohingya people worldwide, we, the undersigned Rohingya organizations, strongly express many thanks to the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for standing with us and showing solidarity to stop “Genocide of Rohingyas in Myanmar”. We would like to extend our thanks to the opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) President Abdul Hadi Awang, other top leaders from both Malay Muslim-based parties and all the Malaysian People.
We Rohingya people feel a great moral encouragement. Prime Minister Najib Razak has become the first head of state to speak up for the justice of Rohingya since the latest crisis began.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak led a protest rally on Sunday against what he called a “genocide” of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, as he urged Asian neighbors and the world to step up the pressure to stop the violence.
We also very pleased that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has urged the International Criminal Court to take action against the Myanmar army for atrocities committed against Rohingya in Rakhine State.
Meanwhile, as the situation worsens day by day, we are receiving information that Rohingyas are being killed, including children and women.
We request the Malaysian government to take the following practical steps to stop the genocide of our people:
· Support the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry into the totality of the situation in Rakhine State, including violence and human rights violations since 2012.
· Call an emergency meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers to request Myanmar/Burma end human rights violations, abides by international law and lifts all restrictions on aid.
· Work with members of the Organization For Islamic Co-operation, securing the support of the OIC for a UN Commission of Inquiry.
· Work internationally for the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry to be included in the next Human Rights Council Resolution on Burma in early 2017.
· Work with other countries to ensure that as long as human rights violations continue, the UN General Assembly Resolution on Burma will once again be tabled every year.
1. Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
2. Bradford Rohingya Community in UK
3. Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark
4. Burmese Rohingya Association Japan
5. Burmese Rohingya Community Australia
6. Rohingya Community in Germany
7. Rohingya Community in Switzerland
8. Rohingya Organisation Norway
9. Rohingya Community in Finland
10. Rohingya Community in Italy
11. Rohingya Community in Sweden
12. Rohingya Society Netherlands
13. Rohingya Society Malaysia
14. Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee
15. Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)
For more information, please contact:
Tun Khin: Mobile +44 7888714866
Nay San Lwin:Mobile +49 69 26022349

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Is the world ignoring the plight of the Rohingya?

Is the world ignoring the plight of the Rohingya?

Malaysian prime minister urges foreign intervention to stop what he calls the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

04 Dec 2016 21:02 GMT Myanmar, Rohingya, Human Rights, Asia Pacific

Pressure on government leaders in Myanmar is being ramped up – as Malaysia has accused its neighbour of committing genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Government leaders in Buddhist-majority Myanmar deny the ethnic cleansing of people they consider illegal immigrants – and “terrorists”.

Rohingya gunmen are blamed for the killing of nine policemen in October. Since then, dozens of Rohingya have been killed and tens of thousands forced from their homes in a military crackdown.

Some soldiers are accused of gang rape, torture and destroying entire villages in Rakhine state.

The Myanmar government denies the allegations but has banned journalists from visiting Rohingya areas.

Why has there been little international action so far? And why hasn’t Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi spoken out?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Tun Khin – President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation in the UK

Maung Zarni – Genocide Documentation Centre of Cambodia and human rights activist

Source: Al Jazeera

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Horrible Crimes against Rohingya Continue in Myanmar

Horrible Crimes against Rohingya Continue in Myanmar

Anwar M.S.

By Anwar M.S.December 6, 2016 02:07

Horrible Crimes against Rohingya Continue in Myanmar

By RVision TV Correspondents | RVision TV News

Maungdaw – Defying the international protests and outcry over the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, the Burmese troops continue to commit horrible crimes against the ethnic minority (Rohingya).

Following have been the recent or breaking updates of the atrocities.


5/12/16 8 pm: A 16 year-old girl died at 7 pm on December 5 and another 25 year old women has become critical as they were brutally gang-raped by the barbaric Burmese troops at MyauTaung village on December 4 night.

The Burmese troops have locked up more than 200 Rohingya women as hostages in the school of North hamlet of MyauTaung village (shown in the photo) tract since December 4 evening.

Another version of the report says as many as 100 Rohingya women were raped & 21 men were arrested by the barbaric Burmese troops at MyauTaung on December 4 night.

[Rohingya Mirror Reports, MSRV]

A pattern of a continuous crime against Rohingya by the Burmese military

5/12/16 9 pm: The Burmese troops besiege Rohingya villages and arbitrarily arrest the innocent Rohingya men including children and force some others to flee their villages. And they take all the Rohingya women including minors as hostages ensuring no one in their homes or in the villages.

As their homes are vacated or devoid of all Rohingya people, they call up the Rakhine Buddhist extremists from nearby villages and let them plunder the properties, rations, livestock and vehicles belong to them (i.e. the Rohingya people), while the Rakhine extremists destroy unmovable properties, cooking pots and other kitchen tools literally leaving out nothing behind for Rohingya use.

Adding to that, the Burmese government has blocked international humanitarian access to the regions. All these deliberate barbaric actions by the Burmese government are leading the Rohingyas to starvation and slow deaths.

[Rohingya Mirror Reports, MSRV]

5/12/16 3 pm: Inside this school at MyauTaung (Saali Ferang) village, the Burmese troops have locked up approximately 200 Rohingya women without food since Sunday (Dec 4) evening.

Right now, their voices or cryings and screaming are being heard from far. But none can approach. The Burmese troops keep molesting them demanding their men to surrender.

[RVision TV Correspondent Reports, MSRV]

5/12/16 10 am: Rakhine extremists supported by the military from battalion 552 are seizing, slaughtering and eating up Rohingya-owned livestocks at NgaRanChaung village in TaungBazaar area, northern Buthidaung.

[RVision TV Correspondent Reports, MSRV]

4/12/16 5 pm: 2 Natala Rakhines or BGP members in civil dress, arriving on a motorbike, torched the home of a widow, Rajuni (daughter of) Lal Meah, at Noddim hamlet of Kyikanpyin at 2 pm on December 4. The fire was extinguished before it spread to other homes.

[Rohingya Eye Reports, MSRV]

4/12/16 4 pm: Burmese troops molested Rohingya mother-daughter duo at Thalu Chaung hamlet of MyauTaung village tract on December 2. But the mother’s struggle saved her daughter from being raped.

But for that, the troops whacked the mother’s head with their guns causing her severe head injuries.

[Rohingya Eye Reports, MSRV]

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Dozen Killed as Burmese Border Guards Open Fire on Rohingya Boats

Dozen Killed as Burmese Border Guards Open Fire on Rohingya Boats

Anwar M.S.

By Anwar M.S.December 5, 2016 12:00

Dozen Killed as Burmese Border Guards Open Fire on Rohingya Boats

By RVision TV Correspondent | RVision TV News

Maungdaw – Over a dozen of persecuted Rohingya people including babies/children were killed as the Burmese Border Guard Police (BGP) ‘indiscriminately’ opened fire on Rohingya-boats on Sunday (Dec 4) night as they were fleeing from the violence in northern Maungdaw.

More than 15 people are killed and other two boatful of people have gone missing. The police from BGP post at the mouth of the OoShyeKya River opened fire on the victims capsizing their boats as they were fleeing to Bangladesh.

Till date, dead bodies of two babies and a woman under gruesome conditions have been recovered as they have stranded at the bank of Naff River in Myanmar’s side.

“What’s the fault of these babies? What’s the faults of innocent civilians to be killed like this? To see the dead bodies of the innocent children, who haven’t really seen this world, is heart-wrenching to say the least”, said an elderly person in northern Maungdaw.

Most of the victims are reported to be from the village of Raimmabil (YeDwinChaung) in northern Maungdaw.

Excluding this incident and other casualties within Maungdaw since the beginning of the Military offensive in northern Maungdaw on October 9, more than 250 people have been killed while the people were trying to cross the Naff River alone.

Meanwhile, the Burmese military continue their offensives on the Rohingya civilians in northern Maungdaw committing killings, arbitrary arrests, tortures and mass rapes, while plundering their properties and rations and blocking international humanitarian aids to the region leading them to starvation and slow deaths.

Editor’s Note: The tragic photos of Rohingya babies that got drown and died have reminded us of Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy of Kurdish ethnic background, whose image made global headlines after he drowned on 2 September 2015 in the Mediterranean sea.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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OIC Calls for Immediate Cessation of Violence in Myanmar

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OIC Calls for Immediate Cessation of Violence in Myanmar

Date: 04/12/2016

The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, stated that in view of the worsening crisis in Rakhine state, Myanmar that has resulted in the loss of innocent life and displaced tens of thousands of Rohingya people, it is imperative that the Myanmar government takes clear and decisive steps to stem the violence and restore calm to the region.

The Secretary General expressed his support for the recent statements issued by OIC Member States, which highlighted concern over the violence and the deteriorating humanitarian situation facing the Rohingya. The Secretary General emphasized that it is a charter obligation of OIC Member States to “safeguard the rights, dignity and religious and cultural identity of Muslim communities and minorities in non-Member-states”.

He further called upon Member States to raise the plight of the Rohingya with the Myanmar Government at every opportunity and to remain seized with the issue.

The Secretary General reiterated the OIC’s call upon the Myanmar authorities to ensure that the security services act in full compliance with the rule of law and allow humanitarian aid agencies access to the affected region to provide needed relief to the victims.

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Atrocities Against Rohingyas: Malaysia Urges International Bodies To Take Action

Atrocities Against Rohingyas: Malaysia Urges International Bodies To Take Action

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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today urged international bodies and ASEAN community countries to take action to stop the atrocities and oppression against the ethnic Rohingyas in Myanmar.

The Prime Minister urged the United Nations (UN) and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to not only witness the cruelty taking place but instead take action against those responsible.

“OIC, please don’t just see, do something…UN, world cannot just sit and watch genocide, it is our problem. Hundreds of thousands died in Rwanda and Bosnia, the world just watch and acted too late, this time we are not willing to wait and watch,” he said at the Solidarity for Rohingyas gathering at the Titiwangsa Stadium here.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, UMNO and PAS leaders as well as over 20,000 people, including Rohingyas residing in Malaysia.

Najib also urged Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo to hold a peaceful assembly with the people of that country as a sign of championing for the fate of the Rohingya community.

“Don’t protest against Ahok (Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama) only, the Rohingyas must be fought for, they can rally in Jakarta, we want to show we are not pleased, we must be civilised, safeguard lives and properties, this is our responsibility as part of the mandatory objectives (maqasid) of shariah. This is a must,” he said.

Najib, who is also UMNO president said Malaysia would continue to act by using whatever channels to put pressure on the government of Myanmar until the Rohingya Muslims were free from tyranny.

He said the Rohingya issue so gripped the hearts of Muslims in this country because Islam was insulted while human rights were torn apart.

“Today Muslims and non-Muslims declare our stand firmly that we want to tell the government of Myanmar, tell Aung San Suu Kyi, enough is enough,” he said, adding that Malaysia did not want to interfere in the affairs of that country.

He said his presence at the gathering was not to threaten the government of Myanmar but to defend not only Islam but also human rights.

“They (Myanmar) use only one article in ASEAN, which is we cannot intervene in another country’s affairs, they don’t read other articles on human rights. ASEAN also defends human rights, are they blind? Don’t interpret as you please.

“When there are injustice, cruelty, people being murdered, burned alive,raped, beaten…are these not violating human rights?,” he said while questioning the meaning of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the country’s leader.

The Prime Minister said he, as the head of state, representing 31 million Malaysians, could not ‘turn a blind eye’ and remained silent on the atrocities that occurred.

Najib said today’s gathering also made history because the people had set aside political differences in the name of Islam and unity of ummah.

“We have UMNO and PAS in this gathering. We can disagree, but in the matter of Islam, the ummah, it’s compulsory, this is not politics,” he said.


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Malaysia slams Myanmar over Rohingya ‘genocide’

Malaysia slams Myanmar over Rohingya ‘genocide’

Malaysia has accused Myanmar of committing “genocide” against Rohingya Muslims. The bloody crackdown is quickly gaining a regional dimension.

Malaysia Protest Myanmar Gewalt gegen Rohingya (picture-alliance/dpa/F. Ismail)

‘No easy solution’ to the Rohingya problem in Myanmar

Former UN chief Kofi Annan is travelling in Myanmar to assess the human rights situation of the Rohingya ethnic minority. DW spoke to analyst Jacques Leider about the aggravating communal hostility in the country. (01.12.2016)

UNHCR in Bangladesh accuses Myanmar troops of killings, rape, arson in Rohingya communities

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi seeks ‘reconciliation’ amid growing Rohingya violence

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Sunday called on the world to prevent an unfolding “genocide” carried out by Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims, as a vicious crackdown triggers an exodus of the persecuted ethnic minority.

“Please do something. The UN do something. The world cannot sit and watch genocide taking place,” Najib told a crowd of several thousand supporters and Rohingya refugees at a rally in Kuala Lumpur.

Razak took direct aim at Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and her new government for not doing enough as reports pour in that Myanmar’s army is raping, murdering and torturing Rohingya in the western Rakhine state.

“What’s the use of Aung San Suu Kyi having a Nobel Prize?” asked the leader of the Muslim majority nation. “We want to tell Aung San Suu Kyi, enough is enough … We must and we will defend Muslims and Islam,” he said, calling on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and ASEAN, the 10-country Southeast Asia organization, to act.

Stateless and persecuted

Several thousand Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh or been internally displaced since Myanmar’s army cracked down on the group following an early October border incident in which unknown militants killed nine border guards.

Myanmar’s army blamed the attack on Islamist Rohingya militants and has rebuffed concerns over the subsequent crackdown as propaganda.

Myanmar’s 1.1 million Rohingya make up most of the population in the region of Rakhine. They are denied citizenship and suffer from institutionalized discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar despite many of them having lived in the country for generations

Karte Myanmar, Rakhine State


There have been repeated reports Myanmar’s military has gang-raped women, murdered civilians and set ablaze Rohingya villages, pushing thousands of desperate people into neighboring Bangladesh. International observers, journalists and aid agencies face severe restrictions of movement while trying to verify the claims in the area. A top UN humanitarian official in Bangladesh last month accused Myanmar’s army of “ethnic cleansing.”

Tensions rising in Southeast Asia

The Rohingya issue has been a major test for Suu Kyi’s new administration following decades of military rule. Her unwillingness or inability to do anything about the unfolding atrocities has garnered international criticism that she has done too little to address the plight of the Rohingya communities. But there is also recognition that her administration is somewhat limited given that the army still holds ministries responsible for security.

Systemic discrimination and previous bouts of intercommunal violence between Myanmar’s Buddhists and Rohingya sent waves of refugees to neighboring countries. There are more than 50,000 Rohingya in Malaysia, where critics point out that they face discrimination and live on the margins of society.

Indonesien Protest gegen Gewalt an Rohingya Angehörigen in Myanmar (Getty Images/AFP/B. Ismoyo)An Indonesian protester in Jakarta last month holds a sign calling for an end to “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya

Some observers say Razak is using the Rohingya issue to distract attention from a financial corruption scandal.

Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya has gained a regional dimension as Indonesia and Bangladesh also call on the international community to take action. Several protests have been held in Indonesia, and last weekend authorities there arrested two militants allegedly planning an attack on Myanmar’s embassy in Jakarta. Over the past several years, the treatment of the Rohingya has become a major issue across the Islamic world.

Earlier this week, the United States’ top diplomat for East Asia, Daniel Russel, warned that continued violence against the Rohingya threatened to incite jihadist extremism in Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh. He also urged Malaysia and Indonesia to avoid stoking religious passion over the issue by organizing protests.

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Rohingyas grateful to Najib for defending them

Rohingyas grateful to Najib for defending them

Bernama     Published 4 Dec 2016, 7:53 pm     Updated 4 Dec 2016, 7:59 pm

The Rohingyas in Malaysia thanked Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for firmly fighting to stop the atrocities and oppression against the ethnic group in Myanmar.

Rohingyas Association in Malaysia secretary Nursobi Muhamad Sultan said leaders of other countries should emulate his assertiveness in fighting for human rights.

“We (Rohingyas) are grateful that PM Najib is here today to fight for our rights.

“This shows that PM Najib is really concerned about the humanitarian values even though we are not part of this country,” he told Bernama when met today.

The prime minister together with at least 10,000 attendees including Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and Foreign Minister Anifah Aman participated in the Solidarity for Rohingya gathering at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur today.

Meanwhile, Association of Rohingya Youth in Malaysia deputy chairman Sulaimeen Muhammad Karim urged the Malaysian government to play an important role in addressing the issue

“Malaysia as a respected nation in Southeast Asia should play the role of a ‘mediator’ to resolve the conflicts,” he said.

He added that the Rohingya people were very grateful that the Malaysian government was willing to accept some the refugees and provide appropriate protection.

‘Militant claim baseless’

In BANGKOK, the Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand has cautioned the international community not to fall for the “baseless accusation” hurled by the Myanmar Government in linking the persecuted Rohingya community with militant organisations.

Its president, Maung Kyaw Nu rubbished Yangon’s allegation of a link between the Rohingya and militancy as complete fabrication, solely aimed at garnering regional and international sympathy.

“This (allegation by the Myanmar government) is completely made up by the government, a statement that was fabricated to divert attention and provide its forces with false justification for violence against the Rohingyas (atrocities in Rakhine State),” he told Bernama recently.The activist who now lives in exile in Thailand, claimed the allegation by Yangon was an “old song” recycled by the country’s military in the 1990s, and now by the current civilian administration led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Myanmar government, through its spokesman has alleged that a Rohingya-based militant organisation with overseas links had carried out attacks on its Border Guard post on Oct 9, killing a number of security personnel.

The government which is led by Suu Kyi’s political party after a landslide victory in a historic general election this year, has also come under stinging criticism by the United Nations (UN) and human rights groups.


(Reporting in Bangkok by Mohd Haikal Mohd Isa)

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‘Help Rohingya? Give them formal status in Malaysia’

‘Help Rohingya? Give them formal status in Malaysia’

Published 4 Dec 2016, 6:21 pm     Updated 4 Dec 2016, 7:00 pm

The Malaysian government can help the Rohingya community by recognising and helping those who are already in Malaysia, said former PKR deputy president Syed Husin Ali.

“If we truly want to help the Rohingya, then recognise their status here. Give their children a chance to be educated,” he said on Twitter.

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